Court Okays NRM Nominations Exercise Top story

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The High Court in Kampala on Friday evening rejected an application to block the ongoing nomination exercise of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party that had been sought by one of its aggrieved party members, James Okori.

  Justice Yasin Nyanzi in his ruling, said stopping the process would greatly inconvenience NRM election preparations for its primaries.
 
The judge held that a temporary injunction would see NRM fail to prepare in time to front its flag bearers for the 2016 general elections that are getting closer.
 
The verdict of the court arose from the recent application filed by Okori, who was seeking the court's temporary reliefs to stop the ongoing NRM's nomination process for party primaries until his grievances are addressed in the main law suit now pending before the same court.
 
Okori, who is aspiring for Busiro South Constituency was challenging the exorbitant fees that the NRM is demanding as a precondition for its intending aspirants in the primaries.
 
The NRM had through its lawyer Kiroywa Kiwanuka informed court that the balance of convenience tilts on the party's side as opposed to the interests of an individual..
 
Kiwanuka also told court that so far over 15,000 aspirants had picked nomination forms and that blocking the exercise would greatly affect so many of its members who want to take part in the forthcoming national elections.
 
The chairman of NRM's electoral commission Dr Tanga Odoi who attended court, welcomed the ruling before calling upon those members who had not yet picked the nomination forms to hurry as the exercise ends next week on Tuesday.
 
But Okori said he still has chance to push the main suit that is now pending before the same court.
 
The ruling of the case comes days after presidential aspirant John Patrick Amama Mbabazi queried the decision by his party to demand for exorbitant fees from intending aspirants as a precondition to access the party's new election guidelines and nomination forms.
 
Subsequently, Mbabazi declined to pay the 20 million shillings that presidential aspirants are required to pay as a precondition to access the new election guidelines. He demands to know what would be his fate supposed he disagrees with the new guidelines yet the  fee is non refundable fee.